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The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (African American) Paperback – December 19, 2003
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From the Back Cover
Born in slavery in Maryland in 1817, Frederick Douglass escaped from servitude twenty years later, joined the ranks of the Abolitionists and devoted a long and fruitful life to the winning of freedom for his people.
Douglass worked with William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips and John Brown, and during the Civil War was so highly regarded by Abraham Lincoln for his contributions to the Union cause that the Great Emancipator called him "the most meritorious person I have ever seen." A fervent integrationist, Douglass was the first of the "freedom riders" and "sit-ins". He felt that true freedom could not come for him until all Blacks were free and equal, and he gave voice and direction to the movement to achieve this goal.
Told in Frederick Douglass's own words, this volume is an important work of Americana. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
As a leader in the abolitionist movement, Douglass was famed for his eloquent yet incisive political writing. And, like his near-contemporary, Booker T. Washington, understood the central importance of education in improving the lives of African Americans, and was therefore an early proponent of desegregation.
A firm believer in equal rights for all, Douglass attended a meeting of the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C., in the hours before his death in February 1895.
Top Customer Reviews
Despite many bitter experiences, Frederick Douglass seems to have been a very noble and kindhearted person, who cared deeply for the elevation of his people. I also admired his willingness to learn and to change his views when appropriate. As a young man, after escaping to Massachusetts from a harsh life as a slave in Maryland, he became a staunch follower of William Lloyd Garrison. According to the Garrisonians, the Constitution of the United States, since it allowed for slavery in the South, was a pro-slavery document, and, therefore, any participation in the American political system was morally wrong. Abolitionists, Douglass thought, should refrain from voting, and the Northern states should immediately dissolve the Union with the Southern states. Later, after further research and study, Douglass broke with the Garrisonians. He concluded that the Constitution was actually an anti-slavery document, and that the American political system was intended to promote liberty and justice. Thereafter, Douglass' concern became preserving the Union and working to end slavery within the framework of the Constitution. He put this determination to great effect during the Civil War, actively recruiting black troops for the Union cause.
Like many abolitionists, Douglass initially despised Abraham Lincoln for tolerating slavery where it already existed in the South, and for merely opposing its extension into new territories in the hope that this containment would ultimately lead to the extinction of slavery.Read more ›
Frederick Douglass had direct, personal experience with historical events and personalities. His unique insights into slavery, the Civil War era, and Abraham Lincoln are fascinating as is his commentary concerning human nature in general. He provides a perspective of the era that I have not found in other books, particularly his views of Abraham Lincoln (pages 250-260 & 353-358).
There is much to learn from this book, which is well worth reading. The following are some illustrative passages from the book:
“Very well,” thought I. “Knowledge makes a child unfit to be a slave.” I instinctively assented to the proposition, and from that moment I understood the direct pathway from slavery to freedom. (page 50)
There, too, was my dear old father [Douglass' spiritual leader, not biological his father], the pious Lawson, who was in all the Christian graces the very counterpart of “Uncle Tom” – the resemblance so perfect that he might have been the original of Mrs. Stowe’s Christian hero. (page 66)
The slaveholders there, like slaveholders elsewhere, preferred to see the slaves engaged in degrading sports, rather than acting like moral and accountable beings.Read more ›
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Awesome history lesson and direct testimony from a brilliant man.Published 7 months ago by SCUSE ME
Very insightful. Something I think everyone should read. I loved how because of the time this book was written the descriptions of fact were not sensationalized. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nicole Lepre
This book is fabulous both because of its style AND the story it tells!Published 9 months ago by Regis
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Douglas was arguably the best political speaker of his time. He wrote several versions of his life story, adding new material in each one. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Busy Film Writer
His writings show what an exceptional man Frederick Douglass was! 2nd half of book is what he accomplished after he gained his freedom. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joel Johnson
This book is a very intimate view of American history - as it happened. I feel very enriched having read it, and I highly recommend it to anyone who thinks they know all there is... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bill E. Payne
It says this is the book "The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass". But what you actually get is a copy of "My Bondage and My Freedom" by Frederick Douglass. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Formica